gEneral Colin Powell, the former US Secretary of State, died of complications from Covid-19, according to a statement posted on his Facebook page. He was 84 years old.
His family’s statement released on Monday read: “General Colin L. Powell, former US Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, died this morning due to complications from Covid 19.
“He was fully vaccinated.
“We would like to thank the medical staff at Walter Reed National Medical Center for their thoughtful treatment.
“We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and great American. “
He was the first black U.S. Secretary of State and senior military officer, first chairman of the Army Joint Chiefs of Staff under President George HW Bush during the 1991 Gulf War.
A moderate and pragmatic Republican, General Powell then served as Secretary of State to President George W Bush.
Powell is survived by his wife Alma Vivian and three children Michael, Linda and Annemarie.
George W Bush paid tribute to Mr. Powell in a moving statement.
He said, “Laura and I are deeply saddened by the death of Colin Powell. He was a great civil servant, starting with his time as a soldier in Vietnam. Many presidents have relied on the advice and experience of General Powell.
“He was National Security Advisor under President Reagan, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under my father and President Clinton, and Secretary of State during my administration.
“He was such a favorite of presidents that he won the Presidential Medal of Freedom – twice. He was well respected at home and abroad. And most importantly, Colin was a family man and a friend. Laura and I send Alma and their children our deepest condolences as they remember the life of a great man.